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So I wanted to rave a little about reviews.

I am an anime fan (obviously since I'm a CR member), but there are a lot of shows out there and just because I am a fan of the genre doesn't mean that everything gets 5 stars. I use reviews to help me choose which show to watch next. We have limited time in this world and a solid review can save us all time and money. Unfortunately I have found reviews here on CR to be just above useless because so many people write incomplete, biased, or inappropriate reviews.

1) If you haven't watched the show, don't write a review -- I've seen numerous "I couldn't make it past the second episode" and "Well, I hope X or Y happens later in the season" reviews. A review, by definition, comes after.

2) Loving anime does not mean that all anime are created equal -- You can love the show. That is fine. You can love all the shows and that is fine too. Not all anime shows are 5 stars just because you like the genre. Think about your absolute favorite and scale back based on that. 3 out of 5 ain't bad -- it is average to slightly above average. If it isn't as good as your absolute favorite, give it a 4, it's OK. You aren't betraying anime by doing that; you're helping other people to find the best shows and make the most of their time.

3) If there are too many commercials, your web browser crashes, CR has a maintenance outage, etc. this should not influence your review. Review the show here. Review your computer hardware on Amazon or Newegg or wherever you bought it.

4) You don't have to spoil a show to review it.

There are a few other mild nuisances that I will let slide. I have completed my rant.

What things do reviewers do to tick you off?
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Are you guilty of one of the above sins and need to confess?

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Posted 6/19/13
I don't read reviews. I don't write reviews.

I just simply enjoy anime.
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Posted 6/19/13
I agree with AnimeKami. I tend to ignore most other people's reviews. They often can't separate their biases from their review. Loving a show doesn't mean it is good. Hating it doesn't mean it is bad either.
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i've yet to see an objective review, most of which are subjected to the above listings
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Posted 6/19/13 , edited 6/19/13

dark_paradox_21 wrote:

2) Loving anime does not mean that all anime are created equal -- You can love the show. That is fine. You can love all the shows and that is fine too. Not all anime shows are 5 stars just because you like the genre. Think about your absolute favorite and scale back based on that. 3 out of 5 ain't bad -- it is average to slightly above average. If it isn't as good as your absolute favorite, give it a 4, it's OK. You aren't betraying anime by doing that; you're helping other people to find the best shows and make the most of their time.


There's nothing wrong with a subjective review. They're subjective in nature. That's why there are reviewers that you often agree with, and those that you often don't. It's just a matter of how well you support your arguments. I've tried to take into account what an "objective stance" would be, but one never exists.

If a show has things I don't like, it's not a fact that those things are to be disliked and counted against the show. It's based off my opinion, but I'm still gonna knock the show for it. I don't like relationship drama, so if a show has some, it's likely to count against it. I've seen what I consider well-done drama before, so I know it can be done. I just think most of it is done badly. But just because most people are more receptive to drama than I am doesn't mean that an "objective stance" would be more favorable than mine. By the same token, if I think, "This is a stupid show, but I really like it," then I'm still gonna give it just as high a score as an intelligent, high-budget show that I enjoyed the same amount. Just because you like something doesn't mean you should give everything you don't like a head-start in your scores.

The extent of an objective review would be: "This is a show. It has episodes. You can watch it if you wish." Or you can say what the production value was or what it was about or who made it, but whether any of these things is good or bad is subjective.

On the other hand, it's just better to stay away from the review section of Crunchyroll lol. It's much better to lurk around the "last anime you completed" thread that pops up in this forum occasionally or the "recommend me an anime" thread that's stickied to the top of the section. People are willing to help you out if you're wondering if a show is good or not, free of spoilers.
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I write them and try to keep mine without spoilers and with average being 3 stars (on a 1-5 scale). Though tbh I mainly use reviews to keep track of what I have seen.
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I write what I want!





Lol
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Oh I'm sure there's some people on here who don't watch any anime, so it's not obvious that you love anime just becaus you're here :P
There's nice people on here, maybe some just want to chat.
There are sections on the forum that isn't about anime.
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Des85 wrote:
There's nice people on here, maybe some just want to chat.


I THINK I am a nice person... but I do like to have chit chat. >.> <.<

I am guilty of this.
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dark_paradox_21 wrote:
1) If you haven't watched the show, don't write a review -- I've seen numerous "I couldn't make it past the second episode" and "Well, I hope X or Y happens later in the season" reviews. A review, by definition, comes after.

I value the reviews by people who couldn't get past the first or second episode. I can read their other reviews to see if their tastes are similar or opposite to mine, and then decide whether I am likely to enjoy or hate the anime based upon that. To me, this is far more valuable than, "I looooove this anime it is soooooo kawaiiiiiiii!" or, "everything good in this anime was stolen from Dragonball or Gundam."
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Posted 6/19/13 , edited 6/19/13
This issue is pretty much systemic to the entire Western anime subculture.

We seem to measure whether an anime is good or not almost completely by how much fandom hype it gets.
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I'm here to tell you something, people don't care about reviews.
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AnimeKami wrote:

I don't read reviews. I don't write reviews.

I just simply enjoy anime.


have fun trying to write over 1000 reviews with your collection. lol

maybe the gargantia thread can help with lots of typing
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dark_paradox_21 wrote:

So I wanted to rave a little about reviews.

I am an anime fan (obviously since I'm a CR member), but there are a lot of shows out there and just because I am a fan of the genre doesn't mean that everything gets 5 stars. I use reviews to help me choose which show to watch next. We have limited time in this world and a solid review can save us all time and money. Unfortunately I have found reviews here on CR to be just above useless because so many people write incomplete, biased, or inappropriate reviews.

1) If you haven't watched the show, don't write a review -- I've seen numerous "I couldn't make it past the second episode" and "Well, I hope X or Y happens later in the season" reviews. A review, by definition, comes after.

2) Loving anime does not mean that all anime are created equal -- You can love the show. That is fine. You can love all the shows and that is fine too. Not all anime shows are 5 stars just because you like the genre. Think about your absolute favorite and scale back based on that. 3 out of 5 ain't bad -- it is average to slightly above average. If it isn't as good as your absolute favorite, give it a 4, it's OK. You aren't betraying anime by doing that; you're helping other people to find the best shows and make the most of their time.

3) If there are too many commercials, your web browser crashes, CR has a maintenance outage, etc. this should not influence your review. Review the show here. Review your computer hardware on Amazon or Newegg or wherever you bought it.

4) You don't have to spoil a show to review it.

There are a few other mild nuisances that I will let slide. I have completed my rant.

What things do reviewers do to tick you off?
OR
Are you guilty of one of the above sins and need to confess?



I understand how you feel but please also consider CR is not Metacritic. You really should not be looking at CR reviews as any kind of benchmark for show quality. It is just there for people who want to share their feelings about the show, that's all. If anything though the recent crop of threads about reviews being bad on the site inspires me to discuss a few things with our Support staff.

And yes there have been a few. Here is one for example: http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-799311?pg=2

So since this topic is basically already covered pretty well, and multiple times, I am going to go ahead and lock and close. Please understand though the CR staff knows how you feel and is looking at the situation.
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